Archive for June, 2015

Tree Snakes Series- Rough Green Snake

June 27, 2015

I was impressed with Chang’s shot of the Paradise Tree Snake. Here is a Rough Green Snake seen recently in Louisiana.

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rough green snake, Ophendrys aestivus Found in the south-eastern half of the USA and rougher in texture than its smoother northern counterpart, I was charmed by the grace of this gentle tree snake, Ophendrys aestivus , the Rough Green Snake.

Rough Green Snake, head and neck, in its leafy arborial element in Louisiana Non-venomous and preying upon insects and spiders, this Rough Green Snake ( Ophendrys aestivus) delightfully distracted me from the washing up. I probably wouldn’t have seen this slim, elegant tree snake climbing slowly up a branch unless it was about 3 feet from my face.

That’s not because I’m particularly unobservant, it’s rather due to the Rough Green Snake’s unobtrusive motion and superb camouflage. We’ve seen one before, in eastern Texas at Trinity River NWR, on the ground. I opened the kitchen window and it tasted me for a moment with its flickering tongue.

Judging me to be inedible, but the questing zooming motion of my lens to be a possible threat, the snake accelerated smoothly upwards…

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Andre’s Bit: If Noah was a South African – brilliant!!!

June 26, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog knows how Noah feels!

FW: If Noah was a South African – brilliant!!!

Another one for you Pax.

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In the year 2011, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in South Africa , and said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me.

Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans."

He gave Noah the plans, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah sweeping in his yard – but no Ark.

"Noah!" He roared , "I’m about to start the rain! Where is the Ark ?"

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed a building permit. I’ve been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I’ve violated the neighbourhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Metro Council for a decision.

Then ESKOM demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark ‘s move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. There’s a ban on cutting local trees because the Nature Conservation authorities say it will upset the balance of the local ecological system.

I tried to convince them that I needed the wood to save us all from extinction – but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, the SPCA prosecuted me. They insistedthat I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

The traffic authorities said it would take six months after completion of the ark to plan a route to the sea. I told them also that the sea would be coming to my back yard. They threatened to have me committed.

Then the Department for Environment ruled that I couldn’t build the Ark until I had arranged and conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

I’m still trying to resolve a complaint with the BEE group on how many affirmative action persons I’m supposed to hire for my building crew.

The Department of The Interior has insisted that I provide them with a list of the people who want to work so that they can check that they are not from the non designated group.
COSATU say I can’t use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, SARS seized all my assets, claiming I’m trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.

So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark. "

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretchedacross the sky.

Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you’re not going to destroy the world?"

"No," said the Lord.

“The SouthAfrican Government has beaten me to it!”

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Saving the dhole: The forgotten ‘badass’ Asian dog more endangered than tigers | Environment | The Guardian

June 26, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s blog has seen dhole hunting packs twice – both times at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. I knew they were rare but had no idea they were quite as rare as they are. Read on!

Colum’s Column: Sand storm in Guatemala

June 25, 2015

Two in the morning and I get this Skype noise! Colum in Guatemala. Murders, potentially rabid bats, three new parrots confiscated by authorities and dumped on his desk. That’s normal for a slow day at the ARCAS office. He tells me that he is now being bombarded by sand from the Sahara.

I asked him for evidence. He sent me this.

I am now going back to bed.

From: Colum Muccio []
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:21 AM
To: Hugh and Midori Paxton
Subject: Sand storm in Guatemala

Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association, Guatemala
Asociación Rescate y Conservación de Vida Silvestre, Guatemala
(cc502)5704-2563, 7830-1374

BBC News: Earth ‘enters new extinction phase’

June 24, 2015

This isn’t new. Richard Leakey wrote a book. The Sixth Extinction. Somebody sabotaged his plane. He recovered and was a news story for a while. He annoyed everybody for being white, Kenyan, and African. If you are black in Europe it isn’t a big deal. If you are a white African you have a shoot me automatically painted on your arse and your forehead. Silly isn’t it? Leakey did nothing wrong but say what he thought. In Kenya that means getting your plane sabotaged. His book? It’s out there. But you have to look for it.

The BBC is announcing this new extinction as news. If universities announce it as news that makes it news. Anybody with eyes and common sense has known this is an ongoing thing. We are too many. We are.

One of the best books written on extinction was Last chance to See. Douglas Adams, Mark Carwardine.
Funny. Heartbreaking. Wise. Now largely un-read. It’s an old book. Like Leakey’s book. “The darker it gets the faster we drive.” Adams is dead and everybody knows him as the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy man. Not as a conservationist. Mark is alive and well. There was a chemistry to their book.

Wildlife conservation shouldn’t be boring. It shouldn’t be side-lined. If we are in the planet’s most catastrophic extinction phase since the dinos took a tumble we ought to think about it.

Stop it.

I remember a book reviewer in Time Out. He was trendy, Cool Britannia, amazed, appalled, suddenly informed and he dressed like a Misty Minx ad. “One day!” he wrote “We’ll be extinct!”

In his case the sooner the better! What a dweeb!

The problem with this current extinction is that it is not terribly obvious. It happens and it doesn’t do it in a sound bite. It’s there nibbling away. On the upside there are millions of people on board and caring and stopping the horror of a lonely planet with only people on it. There are a couple of billion people who think eating anything that’s very rare will give them a surge of voodoo vitality.

Enough from me. Let the BBC take over! Their turn!Read more:

An idea. We are Not Interested

June 23, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is never short of ideas! Here was one of mine. And here was the response!

I thought my idea was quite good. I loved her response.

I still think my idea was good but heck! I’ll have another idea tomorrow!

A good solid “We are not interested” is a refreshing slap in the face.



From: Pen Pramoj []
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:49 PM
To: Hugh Paxton
Cc: Midori Paxton
Subject: Re: An idea.

Dear Khun Hugh,

We are not interested.

Thank you

The Pramojsali Company Limited

Sent from my iPad

On 23 Jun 2015, at 07:03, "Hugh Paxton" <paxton.bkk> wrote:

Dear Khun Pen,

I have had a good idea. I hope that you think it is a good idea, too!

A lot of people are leaving Thai Village and you want more people to come in and rent the houses.

If I wanted to rent any place in Thai Village I would choose No 57. It is full of plants, life, birds, there are bicycles and pictures, people coming and going, …it’s a home.

The rest of the Thai Village properties look increasingly shoddy or flood prone. Or like next door to us – still unfinished and noisy.

When people leave, the whole area will be even more derelict and ugly. That is what prospective renters will see. Horrid!

My plan: We organize and shoot a Thai Village promotional video. You waive one or two months rent if you are satisfied with our product. We act as your agents in a gentle way and open our doors to prospective renters. My feeling is that Thai Village is a place of wonder! Potential!

Thai Village began to change when building commenced. I still feel that the essence of the place remains. It is why I love it here.

Right now you couldn’t rent anything out. Not even my place. Who wants hammers at 7AM every day?

Give us the go ahead and we’ll make a video that will give this place a chance!

I may become the next chief farang of Thai Village. Not because I am the best. Because I am almost the last! All the bossy ladies have gone.

Please think it over, Khun Pen. Annabel, boating in the pond, trees, fruit, happy people…it would be a very nice video!

Best wishes!


Think seriously about my suggestion?

Hugh Paxton (No 57)

Thai Days: Dhole pics

June 23, 2015

It’s a dhole. And there’s another one. Ten here and there. I saw em all. A couple of pups, too. Sarah had the presence of mind to take a picture. I can’t think why the dhole are so fearful. A leopard might slaughter the entire pack if it was a bad cat day and the dholes were having a bad dog day. Nothing else in the forest to give them anything to worry about. Perhaps the whelps. Everything hits that size. If the little ones were lucky they’d meet a King Cobra. He/she would ignore it. King Cobras eat snakes. Wild dogs? Nahh! Too warm and fluffy. A King Cobra could, should it choose, rear higher than your head. They only bother doing that if you are being a complete twit and poking it with a stick. Or if you are in semi-dusk and think it’s a shower sort of thing and stick it in your face while grabbing its tail to release warm water while wondering why there is another meter of argh!!! Where ??? …


From: Sarah Sekhran []
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 9:31 PM
Subject: Dhole pics

Dear Midori,
The email I sent to your U.N account bounced back so am trying your home email. I will also try to send the Dhole video to this email. As I mentioned in the other email, the pictures are not brilliant, but proof we saw the wild dogs:)

Take care,

Charlie’s Biogasser blog: Vouchers: the gifts that keep on g … getting delayed

June 23, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is rather glad that Charlie didn’t redeem his voucher. He might have died.

From: charlie.clarke []
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 4:55 AM
Subject: Charlie’s Biogasser blog: Vouchers: the gifts that keep on g … getting delayed

Hi all

I was supposed to go Paragliding tomorrow… a birthday gift.

But sometimes the best intentions don’t quite work out as hoped … ! Read about it here…

Vouchers: the gifts that keep on g … etting delayed

Enjoy !


charlie clarke


email: charlie.clarke


twitter: @biogasser

Nowhere to run to nowhere to hide.

June 22, 2015

Until the buying stops!

Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities Blog: New post The Great God Pan

June 22, 2015

Hugh Paxton’s Blog, as always, welcomes this latest bit of writing on writing! And, of course, the supernatural. I would give a great deal to have access to his library!

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Subject: [New post] The Great God Pan

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The Great God Pan

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The Great God Pan is an 1890 novella by the controversial Welsh ghost story writer Arthur Machen. On publication it was widely denounced by the press as degenerate and horrific because of its decadent style and sexual content, although it has since garnered a reputation as a classic of horror. In many ways the story reflects the author’s absorption with the wondrous, the uncanny and the unknown. "In every grain of wheat there lies hidden the soul of a star" Machen writes in an early page of The Great God Pan, which might be said to be the mystical doctrine that informs all of his principal writings. Machen’s novels and tales possess a thematic unity in that running through them all are two polarised strands – terror and wonder – and occasionally they meet and intertwine. Indeed, while the necromantic fantasies produced by Machen in the 1890s later led to him being labelled the ‘laureate of evil’, he had by then already assumed another mantle – that of the ‘apostle of wonder’, for the diabolic and the divine lie at the heart of his fiction. But Machen’s own life is perhaps his greatest creation; for it is exactly the life we might expect such a poet and visionary to have lived.

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